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Random Beauty Blurb

It happened again. I fell into a black hole of grad school papers, blackboard posts, and juggling work. Today I was a makeup artist, yesterday I worked at a school. Next week I will be both, plus a singer. I. am. tired. 

But my 7 followers, if they’re still with me, need these intermittent postings on beauty things. More importantly, I need to procrastinate. So here is a short blurb about some new shtuff…

Ok so we may not trust the Honest Company with sunscreen but they make a pretty damn good conditioner. I’m not 100% certain, but this may be made for babies. Sometimes I can be a huge baby, so I give myself permission to use this. It has a delicious natural creamsicle scent and it loosens up knotty hair in a flash. I purchased mine at Harmon’s for $9.95 and I used a 20% coupon. 


It says to sing a song and rinse out. My current songs are selections from the musical Waitress. I’m sure my neighbors are pretty tired of hearing it. 

Next up: 

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in Extra Mild

I am more of a combination skin, so I was surprised I could use this. Even though it is a soap, I use it to remove use as a wipe off makeup remover and then I follow with Marcelle’s Micellar Water. I save the water rinsing for my morning shower. This combination leaves my face clean and soft snd it’s super perfect for my lazy lifestyle. Maybe I’m not lazy so much as not interested in having wet hair from washing my face. 

Ok, I’m a little bit lazy too. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

*Honest pictures from their website. Clinique picture from Clinique Australia. 


Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer = 1 Amazing Product

Every so often I churn out a blog post for the 7 followers I think I have. One is actually my mom, so really I should be saying 6. Anyway, if you follow this blog you may remember that  I posted on this foundation when it first came out. I compared it against Stila’s foundation/concealer combo. The Clinique version won, hands down. Despite its victory, I got away from using it on the daily. (Btw that’s  an expression that I’m 20 years too late for.) But it really is an amazing foundation and this post will review the reasons why. 

Picture: Clinique.com

First, let’s look at some customers wearing Beyond Perfecting in various shade levels:

And me, wearing my new favorite shade, 6.5 Buttermilk:

I generally use this foundation under my eyes, and in the tzone. The picture on the right is a full application that I used on stage. 


I really love how long this foundation lasts. Most foundations evaporate and become a distant memory by the end of the day. This stuff holds on.  Also, I have super sensitive/breakout prone skin. This foundation does not make me break out and it despite it’s thick texture it does not clog my pores. 🙌 Lately, I am just wearing this product without additional concealer. First I apply the product under my eyes, touch up the tzone, and them go back under my eyes. No more doubling up on concealer (although corrector is never a bad idea). 


It comes in a glass bottle and it is not easy to travel with. It’s also somewhat impossible to pour a little out into a travel case. 

My shade is a 6.5 which is the PERFECT shade for moderately fair olive/peach skin. I just pray they don’t ever discontinue it. Are you reading this, Clinique? It’s so hard to find a good match for olive skin. Don’t ever discontinue this shade. Please. With a cherry on top, etc. 

This fabulous 2 in 1 products retails for 27.00 for a full ounce. The trick is to build up the coverage a little bit at a time. A little goes a lonnnng way. Oh, and it’s oil and fragrance free too. Perfect!

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

(Still here? Here is a picture after wearing for 10 hours. It’s faded under my eyes a bit, and the dressing room lighting is bad but you get the idea. All I will need is a touch-up under the eyes) 

Super Stay Better Skin Foundation. 

Just when I was about ready to get down on one knee and propose to my bottle of Maybelline Super Stay Makeup, they changed the formula! This! This is why I have makeup abandonment issues!

Now, I don’t know if it is officially phased out, but I have seen it marked on clearance so that is usually an obvious hint. 

Here’s it is on the far right, next to its replacement:

Super Stay Better Skin Makeup. 

     It’s ok. Not the worst, but not the best. I basically have three requirements for a foundation:

  1. Don’t break me out. 
  2. Be oil/fragrance free
  3. Don’t break me out.  

     This new foundation passes that test, so I’m pleased in that regard. This makeup is made with Actyl C, which is a more stable version of vitamin C (according to the bottle.) The claims are that it can help with spots, bumps, dullness, and redness in three weeks time. I’ve been using this stuff on my tzone for a week, so in two more weeks I expect to have an amazingly gorgeous tzone- or at least a better version. 

    As for its claims of “Better Skin”, I don’t know. I don’t need my makeup to improve my skin, I just don’t want it to screw it up. 

Here are some swatches for the swatchaholics:

There is no exact color match for the old Classic Beige. There is something called Natural Beige but I found it to be a little too dark. The Nude Beige is peachy/pink (more peach) and the Warm Nude is a bit yellow. I can get away with that for the summer, but my cold weather color is Nude Beige. 


  • Didn’t break me out. 
  • Decent staying power. 
  • Supposed good for skin ingredients.


  • Thicker than the old formula. 
  • Not truly a matte foundation like the old formula. 
  • Not a perfect color match like the old formula. 

I’ve heard mixed reviews on the interwebs for this one. Some bloggers like it, and some feel it is a tragedy. I think I read something about caking on the upper lip and how it nearly destroyed someone. 

Anyway, I say give it a shot and if it doesn’t work out, we can storm the headquarters at Maybelline and demand they bring the old formula back. Hopefully the new makeup works out for both of us, because I’m lazy and that other plan is just exhausting. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Sunscreen!

Ok, it is far from the magic of ice cream, but sunscreen really is something to scream about- in a good way. Not only does it help to protect against skin cancer, but it also helps to prevent aging. Yet these two important factors don’t seem to be enough for us to wear it everyday or AT LEAST when we will be out in the sun. By out in the sun, I mean everything from the beach to a sporting event. (Guilty, guilty guilty).

*Today’s blurb is on sunscreen for the face. Remembering to use sunscreen for the body is a work in progress. 

Anyway, I admit I was not big on sunscreen, mainly because it made me scream in frustration due to the breakouts it caused. However, I am happy to report that I have continuously used this sunscreen and I have suffered zero breakouts as well as zero sunburn. 

Check it out:

Doesn’t my sofa backdrop almost look like sand? #LowBudgetBlogger 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen for the face. This stuff is shamazing. It is 

  • Fragrance free, 
  • Paraben free 
  • Water resistant (40 minutes). 
  • It has 11% Titanium Dioxide (remember to avoid those other sunscreens that begin with the letter O.)
  • It has a slight color to even out the face a bit. This is mostly to combat the white effect sunscreens can have. 

Here’s a pic with just the sunscreen on:

Pretty good. It’s not a makeup, do don’t expect that. However you can now go to the beach with a little bit color on the face without resorting to foundation. Makeup at the beach is just weird sometimes. Am I right?

And remember:

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Rosaliac AR Intense: Serum wonder for sensitive skin. 

If you read this blog, you’ve learned that my skin can be cray-cray. I have finally found a skincare regimen, and my skin has improved dramatically. Occassionaly I will get a reactive rash, a Rosacea flare up from certain foods, or a mega zit from hormones. Good times. Luckily, I have a secret weapon to help me during those times…

If you have any of those skin concerns I just listed, this stuff may be your new bestie. 

A list of times La Roche-Posay Rosalic A.R. Intense has bailed my ass out of bad skin jail:

  1. This winter was brutal. Sometimes my skin decided it just “couldn’t even”. When the tempatures dipped, I  had red skin on my cheeks, and the wind made it tender. What made it bounce back? This stuff. Boom! 
  2. I recently got off the Gluten Free wagon after I simply could not stand another day of gfree bread. I would have gone back to the G sooner, but the problem was, my skin reacted in a Perioral Dermatitis breakout everytime I tried to eat regular bread and other fun stuff. I decided to push through and continue to introduce it back into my diet. What calmed the POD breakout? This stuff. Bam!
  3. Some times when I try a new product, my skin tells me to piss off* and I get a rash. That’s ok because in 1 day it’s gone from this miracle serum. Shazam!
  4. Hormones suck. They bring tumor zits on occasion which I’ve named “Gerards” after the actor, Gérard Depardieu. Don’t ask why I named them that. I can’t explain the inner workings of my mind. But this stuff can be used to bring down the swelling AND the irritation caused by testing the pimple with salicylic acid. Booshaza! (Ok, that’s not a word). 

*Example of a past skin reaction from a 4% BHA:

(Maybe that one customer was right, I sometimes do look like Lena Dunham).

Rosaliac is not exactly cheap ($36.00), but if you get it from CVS you can use your extra care bucks. Plus one bottle lasts a long time. Totally worth it. 

I can’t wait till the summer when I try it on sunburns and bug bites. Oh wait, yes I can. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

  • Simple Micellar Water: First Impressions…

    Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink. While this looks like water, and is odorless like water, it’s not water. Don’t drink it. 

    This is one of the hot new Micellar cleansing waters on the market. These types of cleansers are able to remove makeup with out having to be rinsed off. Hmmmm…


    The other day my friend messaged me for my opinion on cleansing waters, and I was honest that I’ve never tried one. However, after some research I decided that I NEEDED to try one. Who wouldn’t want to  cleanse their skin fast and without the need to rinse? However, when I tried to research a good one to try, I was pretty bummed.  Many Micellar waters have fragrance. 👎. 

    The  trick was finding one without fragrance. Fragrance is so irritating! Nobody needs fragrance on their face, so why use it? 

    My first choice in sampling this water was the version from my beloved La Roche Posay, but when I saw that fragrance was the last ingredient I was turned off. 

    That’s when I found this bottle from Simple skincare. 

    Pro’s and Con’s:


    • You get a generous amount of product for under seven bucks. 
    • Feels gentle on the face.
    • Contains Niacinamide. That ingredient can increase ceramides and promotes a soft texture for the skin. 
    • Did not cause a breakout*


    • This does not really remove every trace of makeup
    •  Pretty terrible at removing heavy mascara. 

    How did I know that all my face makeup wasn’t removed? I was skeptical and not wanting to risk a breakout, so I washed my face with a foaming soap and my Clinique Sonic brush. The brush had picked up significant traces of makeup! No bueno. Although this cleansing water didn’t break me out, I can see this weak cleansing effort not helping in the long run. 

    So, do you need Micellar water in your life?  That depends. I think the super dry and sensitive skin folks will love this. But anyone with an oily section of their face, like the tzone, will not really benefit as this product doesn’t deeply cleanse. Perhaps some of the pricier Micellar waters may be more effective, but I’m not willing to try any one of them if they have fragrance, and most of them do. 

    Other ways I recommend to use this water:

    • For a quick refresher before reapplying evening makeup for a night out. 
    • To clean up makeup mistakes around the eye. This water is great for that because it can remove shadow, but does not make the skin oily. 
    • To keep by your bedside for the few nights where you just don’t have the strength to wash your face. I’d keep that to a minimum. 

    If these off label benefits interest you, or if you wear very little makeup, then you should consider trying Simple’s version of Micellar water. 

    Till next time…

    Smooches! 💋

    Smooches! Some love for Clinique Kissyfit 💋💋💋

    I’m pretty much the worst blogger. I’m taking a picture of a product in my car, as it’s balanced on my leg. So profesh’

    Annnnnyway I’m writing  to proclaim my new love for an old Clinique favorite:

      Kissyfit Long Last Glosswear…


    Kissyfit is featured in the Clinique GWP at Macy’s that is running now. It comes on a double ended stick with Raspberry Glacè on the other end. Just in case you didn’t have 400 other Raspberry Glacès. 

    Back to the love. I’ve worked for Clinique for just about 10 years and I’ve never ever tried this gloss until now. I kinda love it. Look:


    That’s a nice amount of color (no lipstick, just gloss). 

    You like? This gloss can be yours for free, ish. Sort of.

     It comes in a free gift set when you spend 27 dollars at Clinique Macy’s. Check it out!

    Till next time. 

    Smooches! 💋